Everton’s Howard ends Brad Friedel feud

Everton’s Tim Howard has chosen to accept that American team mate Brad Friedel did not try and block his 2003 move to Manchester United, according to the BBC.

Howard had claimed in his recently published autobiography that upon his move from New York/New Jersey Metrostars, the 43-year-old had refused to sign a letter of support to endorse the application – in Howard’s eyes an active step to block any potential move.

Upon these revelations Friedel had branded the claims as “complete garbage” before demanding an apology from his former USA team mate.

The veteran keeper stated that he did not sign any letter of support because he felt the application contained inaccuracies and he was not in a position to sign such a document.

Howard also made claims that he had written to the appeals committee suggesting no work permit should be granted to the then 24-year-old.

However the American – who moved from United to Everton in 2007 after four years at Old Trafford – has conceded that in fact Friedel did little if anything to stop his transfer.

He said: “Brad takes issue with my characterisation of his position and events.

“At the time, I was surprised that Brad would not automatically sign my letter of recommendation and I took this as an opposition to my application.

“Brad later explained that he had not in fact opposed my efforts to seek a work permit, either by writing to the Professional Footballers’ Association or otherwise.”

The publishers have been instructed to amend future copies by striking Howard’s comments Friedel’s opposition from the book.

And Friedel himself tweeted: “Glad it’s over, happy to move on.”

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